A wide ranging study shows new gender gaps in learning despite progress that reduces inequalities over the past hundred years.
While boys tend to underperform in academics, girls are more likely to have low self confidence, particularly in math and science, and that holds them back from achieving all that they can, according to a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
“As the evidence in the report makes clear, gender disparities in performance do not stem from innate differences in aptitude,” said Angel Gurría, head of the Paris-based OECD, in a statement.
Various countries participated, and the study examined test scores in reading math and science that were attained by 15 year olds. On average, less time was spent by boys on doing homework and reading, and more time was devoted to playing video games. The report stated “reading proficiency is the foundation upon which all other learning is built; when boys don’t read well, their performance in other school subjects suffers too.”